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I don't understand the right answer in a test, could you please explain ? Test (, We have to choose the answer. Whose keys are these ? _________ are mine. A: They B: These C: It D: Keys E: Whose Why is the right answer is "they" and not "these" ? Why not both ? After all, "these" was in the question, why it shouldn't be also in the answer ? Thank you in advance for your answer.
Oct 26, 2014 2:45 PM
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'These' doesn't work because the other speaker has the keys. The keys are called 'these' by the person who has them and 'those' by the other, so "those" is another possible answer.
October 26, 2014
You'd use 'these' for the first time you mention the keys, or to distinguish between two different sets of keys. For example: Are these your keys? No, they're not. Those are on a red key ring. So which ones are yours, then? THESE are mine. Look - they're on a blue key ring. In your example, we're not differentiating between one set of keys and another. We have already established which keys we are talking about, so the only correct form is 'They'.
October 26, 2014
The important thing to note here first and foremost is the question itself. The question starts with "Whose", an interrogative which asks for a person, NOT a thing or a place. Thus, the answer must be something related to a thing. The pronoun "they" is the closest and the only possible word that refers to a person/people. "Whose" of course is out of the question (metaphorically) since it's also an interrogative.
October 26, 2014
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